1-½ Inch Dubia Roaches make excellent feeders for animals that can handle a big insect. This is as big as Dubia roach nymphs get before they mature into adults.
And these guys are big. They weight a lot for their size, as well they should. That’s because they’ve been gorging on healthy food for many months. They are nutritionally replete, and they retain some of the nutrients they consumed. Dubia roaches eat not just to grow, but also to store nutrients for use later in adulthood.
1-½ inch Dubia are typically in their final nymph growth phase, or instar.
As we’ve said before, Dubia roaches are outstanding feeders for many reasons. One reason is superior gut load-ability. This is where large Dubia like 1-½ inch nymphs stand out. Literally. These guys can pack away an enormous amount of food. And when they do, it’s very easy to see. Their full stomachs cause serious body elongation. If you’re into gutloading, the bulging belly signals that they’re ready for feeding.
Interestingly, the difference between a hungry Dubia roach and one that’s fed can be double its body weight or more. And this is especially true of larger Dubia. This is why you want to give feeder roaches nutritious foods that are not only good for them, but also good for the animals that eat them. What goes into the roach often ends up in the prey animals unchanged.
Like all our roaches, we feed our 1-½ inch Dubia fruits and vegetables. We also feed them our own special Dubia roach chow that contains nutrients for every stage of growth. Of course, we feed our organic roaches organic foods and feed ingredients. Late-stage nymphs like these are full of nutrition, thanks to a lifetime of healthy eating!
1-½ inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
1-½ inches is the largest size for Dubia roaches. We do our best to get them as close to this size as possible. Of course, there is always some size variation.
This measure assumes they are fed and hydrated. Roaches may become dehydrated in-transit. Hungry or dehydrated roaches often have a flatter appearance. Give them plenty of food and water upon arrival, especially if they appear flat.
Within limits, you can adjust the size of your roaches to fit the size of your animal. To increase their size, provide them with food and water. To decrease it, withhold food and water for a day or more.